Delhi Judicial Syllabus

All India Judiciary

As per the Delhi Judicial Services Rules,1970, recruitment as civil judges shall be made on the basis of a competitive examination, that has to be held by the High Court in Delhi, preferably two times a year, subject to a vacancy position. The Administrator thus, appointed as per the rules shall be informed about the dates and the place of such examination.



  1. Citizen of India;
  2. A person practicing as an Advocate in India or a person qualified to be admitted as an Advocate under the Advocate’s Act;1961 (amended by notification 17.5.2002); and
  3. Not more than 32 years of age on the 1st day of January following the date of commencement of examination.



  1. No person who has more than one wife living shall be eligible for appointment to the services;

However, if the administrator is satisfied that there are special grounds for doing so may permit such person.

  1. No woman who is married to a person who has a wife living shall be eligible for appointment to the services,

However, if the administrator is satisfied that there are special grounds for doing so may permit such person.


Pay Scale:

  1. Civil Judges (Junior Division) Rs. 9000-250-10750-300- 13150-350-14550/-
  2. Civil Judges (Junior Division) Rs. 10750-300-13150-350- 14900/-


Age of Superannuation:

A member of the service shall retire from service in the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age of sixty years.

Provided that the High Court shall assess and evaluate the service record of a member of the service for his continued utility well within the time before he attains the age of 58 years by following the procedure for compulsory retirement under the service rules applicable to him before he is allowed to continue beyond the age of fifty– eight years.

Provided further that an existing member of the service may exercise his option in writing before he attains the age of fifty-seven years to retire at the age of fifty-eight years.



The judicial Service Examination will be held in two successive stages: –

(a)Delhi Judicial Service Preliminary Examination (Objective type with 25% negative marking) for selection for the main examination, and

(b) Delhi Judicial Service Main Examination (Written) for selection of candidates for calling for viva-voce.

Preliminary Exam:

It shall be a screening test.

Maximum Marks: 200

Negative Marking: Yes, with 25% Negative Marking.

Topics Covered:

  1. General Knowledge and Aptitude of Candidate
  2. English Language checking power of expression and flair in the Language.
  3. Law topics:

Constitution of India,

Code of Civil Procedure,

Code of Criminal Procedure,

Indian Penal Code,

Contract Act,

Partnership Act,

Principles governing Arbitration Law,

Evidence Act,

Specific Relief Act and

Limitation Act

Minimum Qualifying Marks: 60 % for General and 55 % for reserved categories that is, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disability.

Note: 1. The Maximum number of students for Mains Examination (Written) shall not be more than ten times that is advertised in the notification.

  1. The marks obtained in the preliminary examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination (Written) will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

Mains Exam:

The Mains examination shall be a written examination consisting of:


  1. General Knowledge & Language- 250 (Maximum Marks)
  2. Civil Law I – 200 (Maximum marks)
  3. Civil Law II – 200 (Maximum Marks)
  4. Criminal Law – 200 (Maximum Marks)
  5. Viva-Voce – 15 (Maximum Marks)


This paper shall comprise of two sections: –

Section I: General Knowledge: – This is to test the candidate’s knowledge of current affairs etc. (100 Marks)

Section II: Language (Essay, Translation and Precis Writing): – This is to test the candidate’s knowledge and power of expression in English. Credit will be given both for substance and expression. Conversely deduction will be made for bad expression, faults of grammar and misuse of words etc. There will be two passages for translations one in English which will be required to be translated into Hindi (in Devanagari Script) and the second passage in Hindi (in Devanagari Script) shall be required to be translated into English. (150 Marks)

2) Civil Law-I: Indian Contract Act, Indian Sale of Goods Act, Indian Partnership Act, Specific Relief Act, Hindu Law, Mohammaden Law, Delhi Rent Control Act and Law of Torts. (200 Marks)

3) Civil Law-II: Civil Procedure Code, Law of Evidence, Law of Limitation and Law of Registration. (200 Marks)

4) Criminal Law: Criminal Procedure Code, Indian Penal Code and Indian Evidence Act. (200 Marks)

5) Viva-Voce: Viva-Voce will carry 150 marks. Only such candidates will be called for viva voce who have obtained 40% marks in each written paper and 50% marks in the aggregate except in the case of candidates belonging to reserved categories, i.e., Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disability in whose case the qualifying marks shall be 35% in each written paper and 45% in the aggregate.

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